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|Speciality:||General, Health, Legal, Consumer issues, Environment, News, Politics, Academic, Education, Columnist, Culture, Fiction, Financial, Technical writer|
|Profession:||Writer, Editor, Photographer, Photojournalist, Publicist, Subeditor, Project Manager, Researcher|
Ntozakhe Douglas Mokhantso Mthukwane is a passionate independent journalist based in Kimberley, Northern Cape. A Former social and political activist Mthukwane is credited for content development, media production mass communications and knowledge management since his teens in the early 1990's. He describes himself as an "organic thinker". A phrase he coined from his days as a trade union organizer after completing high school "despite insurmountable handicaps that he has had to contend with" . Mthukwane Represented workers in disciplinary matters with utmost excellence notwithstanding his lack of formal legal training He was also responsible for recruitment of new members and training of shoptsetwards in several unions . His work can be found in variety of publications within the South African Local Government Sector (SALGA) , labour (SARHWU,NUM, SATAWU) and student movement (COSAS NEC ) among others.
During his spare time Mthukwane immerses himself in ideological and political readings including protest poetry and other literature, His veiws are generally left of the political spectrum. Xhamela as he is sometimes called, is also involved in advocacy work for people with disabilities. In 2012 He left the public service to focus on what he calls "Non Partisan" developmental Journalism. During his stint in the Civil Service , Mthukwane was a parliarmentary researcher, Speechwriter, Ministerial Spokesperson ending as Communications Support & publications Manager for the Northern Cape Education Department. His interest in the Media was honed during his time as disk Jockey and news reader at Radio Teemaneng, a Community Radio station in the Diamond City.
He currently volunteers as member of Exco in the capacity of National Secretary for the Southern African Freelancer's Association (SAFREA) an organisation of Media professionals which he joined as a student member in 2012. He is also a member of the Professional Journalists Association of South Africa (ProJourn). He is also credited by the University of South Africa(UNISA), the British School of Journalism(BCJ) and the Institute for the advancement of Journalism.(IAJ)
His work can be found on the pages of several community newspapers, News24 online , City Press, Pambazuka News, Cosatu Shopsterward, Mail and Guardian, Daily Maverick, Sowetan, The New Age, The Diamond Fields Advertiser, GroundUp online to name but a few. Mthukwane is a die hard supporter of Orlando Pirates Football Club(FC) Having served the Kimberley Supporters Branch as Recording Secretary. Mthukwane Relaxes through traditional Xhosa stick "fighting" games.
Follow him on twitter: dougfreewrite.